A growing number of psychosocial interventions are being offered to cancer patients during and after their medical treatment. Here, we examined whether Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a stress management course, helps women to cope better with stress and illness once their breast cancer treatment is completed. Our aim was to understand how MBSR may benefit those who participate in the course.
Comments by Jill Shainhouse, ND Fabno, CKN Editor
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A breast cancer patient may experience significant amounts of stress at any given stage of the process after initial diagnosis. Stress, anxiety and depression can also worsen during their treatment as well as in the survivorship phase. It is essential for patients to get the appropriate care in managing and improving their mental and emotional well-being. In practice, there are usually two types of patients: 1) The patient that wants a pharmaceutical intervention to help reduce negative or anxious feelings and 2) The patient that wants a more “holistic” approach in healing the mind via a variety of techniques. These may include yoga, meditation, and improving the mind-body connection.
We asked our Current Oncology Section Editors how they would define the term “life after cancer” and how that theme presents itself in their chosen fields. Below is a response from Dr. Karin Olson, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta.
My work has been focused on the management of symptoms during [cancer] treatment but I am gradually beginning to study symptoms that continue following the completion of treatment.